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Who Qualifies for a Blue Parking Badge?

Do you have a disability or health condition? If so, you may qualify for a Blue Badge automatically, allowing you to park closer to your destination.

Use this guide to check whether you can get a disabled parking badge in England, Scotland, and Wales, and how the process differs in Northern Ireland.

Automatic Qualification for a Blue Badge

People who automatically get a Blue Badge must over the age of two (2) and (any):

Note: Any score other than ten (10) points under descriptor E, in the 'planning and following journeys' activity of PIP, means you may still qualify for a Blue Badge (including a score of 12). You would need to supply evidence to show eligibility and then be assessed as part of the application.

Blue Badges in Scotland

People in Scotland will also be automatically eligible to get a Blue Badge, if they (any):

Blue Badges in Wales

You are automatically eligible for a disabled parking badge in Wales, if you (either):

Other Ways to Get a Blue Badge

As a general rule, you might qualify for a Blue Badge if you (any):

Note: Individual applicants and support organisations can apply for (or renew) a Blue Badge online in Northern Ireland.

Documents Needed to Apply for a Blue Badge

Local councils make decisions on whether people meet the eligibility criteria for disabled parking badges. Even so, they need some information and evidence before they will start the assessment process.

As a rule, it takes around twelve (12) weeks to assess an application for a Blue Badge. Following that, you can ask them to reconsider your application if you believe they failed to take account of all the facts.

The evidence that you will need to provide includes:

Who can get a disabled Parking Badge in the United Kingdom?You can use a copy of any of the following to prove your identity:

You can use a copy of any of the following to prove your address:

How to Provide Proof of Benefits

Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

You can show evidence of claiming DLA using the rate of the mobility component that you are getting (and award end date). The most recent letter from the DWP will show your:

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

In most cases, you will need to know the scores that you got from the mobility assessment, along with the end date for your award.

You can use three pages from the letter that you received from the DWP to provide proof of your PIP award. The letter shows your:

Armed Forces Compensation Scheme

You can provide proof of the AFCS benefit using the most recent letter that you received from the Ministry of Defence. It will show that you:

War Pensioners' Mobility Scheme

To provide proof of this benefit, you can use the most recent letter that the Ministry of Defence sent you. It will show that the applicant [you]:

Providing Proof of Your Eligibility

The issuing council will assess the application if you are not using one of the benefits. In this case, they will ask you to provide some extra information.

If you are unable to walk, find walking difficult, or you have one of the 'hidden' (non-visible) conditions, you will need to answer questions about how your condition affects your walking - and provide details of (any):

They will also ask questions about how your condition affects journeys between your vehicle and the destination if you have a non-visible condition.

Note: You will be able to upload supporting documents (e.g. diagnosis letters, correspondences, prescriptions).

How to Provide Documentation

Making an online application for a Blue Badge means you will be able to upload a digital photograph and scanned copies of your:

You can take a photograph of required documents on a mobile phone or tablet device and then upload it within the actual application.

If you choose not to upload the documents during the application process, you can supply copies to your local council authority instead.

Blue Badge Scheme for Organisations

In some cases, organisations will qualify for either a single or multiple disabled parking badges. To be eligible for an organisational badge, the company must provide (both):

The issuing local council would determine whether there is a clear need for organisational badges (e.g. instead of issuing an individual badge).

Hospices, residential care homes, and local council social services departments are typical examples of the kind of organisations that can get Blue Badges.

Operators of private hire and community transport vehicles, including taxi operators, are unlikely to qualify for an organisational Blue Badge unless their business concerns transporting disabled people.

Note: The organisation must display their badge when transporting someone who would be eligible for a Blue Badge in their own right.

Who Can Get a Blue Badge in United Kingdom